Microsoft could be working on making Cortana better at holding conversations, however the software maker can be increasingly separating its digital assistant from Windows 10. This first began with the decoupling of Cortana from search in the latest Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and now Microsoft is bringing Cortana to the Microsoft Store as a separate app. A Cortana beta has appeared in the store, and it hints that the digital assistant may eventually not be built into Windows 10.
Microsoft is utilizing this beta app to update Cortana separately from Windows 10, so the digital assistant can supposedly get new features quickly. However, Cortana was always built as a web-based service, in order that it might be up to date without core Windows 10 changes. It’s not immediately clear what Microsoft has planned here, but it’s likely related to the upcoming beta part of its codename 19H2 Home windows 10 Replace.
Microsoft had planned to start testing 19H2 by now, and originally promised a spring launch to testers. The corporate has been surprisingly quiet about what 19H2 even consists of, but it’s expected to reach later this year with a full Linux kernel. Microsoft even began testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of 19H2, and it continues to issue builds to testers.